The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Signed Edition) - Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Signed Edition)

By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2016-12-06
  • Genre: Science & Nature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 251 Ratings)

Description

How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield—both had important careers in the Israeli military—and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Reviews

  • 25% through and no clue where it's going

    2
    By TornMoon
    I love psychology but this book was just a bunch of draw out stories about Jewish guys with no real substance. Stopped reading.
  • Fascinating story

    5
    By Beto de Bernal
    Think fast and slow is a great book, a wonder. This book tells the story of two of the brightest minds of the world, spending a lifetime on writing a book. Easy to read, great narrative of one of the most prominent scientific pair in history
  • Disappointing

    2
    By ajoffe
    I eagerly await all of Michael Lewis's new books as I have read them all. This book unfortunately was not his best. The subject while interesting just droned on and on.
  • 10 stars

    5
    By ericccs_lau
    My favorit author write about another favorit authors. Will give 10 stars if I can 😁👍
  • Best offering by the Best writer of Our times!

    4
    By Samnite100
    While opening the recesses of our mind to the hows and whys of our decisions, we are also treated to history details that will inspire and reward our efforts! Bravo Michael!
  • Goes nowhere, slowly

    2
    By Bigal 788
    I've loved every other book this man has written. This is not one of those books. It starts off in a rather interesting manner with an interesting premise, and then takes you on this journey that goes on and on and on and never develops. I couldn't make it past chapter 5.
  • Read Kahneman's book instead

    2
    By Pnoahw
    The book was well written. Found the history of the Israeli State early years to be interesting. Agree with others, too many chapters on the friendship of Tversky and Kahneman. I wanted more about the science. I am not convinced that their work was ground breaking. If the goal of this book was to show the how their work was ground breaking - Lewis failed. I am reading Kahneman's book : Thinking Fast and Slow. It is a more practical "read". His chapter on 'the implications in Medicine' was a teaser with no real meat. In fact this book could summed up in the following: 1. Biographical, not science. 2. No real lessons to be learned. 3. Failed to convince the audience. 4. I wish I could understand WHY people thought Tversky was so brilliant. It is not enough to say people were impressed, show the reader his brilliance. This book is beneficial if it leads the reader to check out Kahneman's book.
  • Too much discourse on the friendship

    1
    By Robertminidriver
    Too much discourse on the friendship rather than the actual science.
  • Excellent , Mind Warping Experience

    5
    By superbellsam
    I've read almost every book written by Michael Lewis and all have been thought provoking but this is the first that is "thought destroying". I deal with questions of judgement and decision making in uncertain conditions every day and have seen (and fallen prey) to many of the mistakes (or inaccuracies) in our thinking, expectations and "undoings". I would highly recommend this book to anyone that: wishes to understand themselves and their thinking more deeply, make better decisions, or perhaps have a competitive advantage in a business venture. One thing it will probably NOT help is building better relationships - most people will struggle with these concepts and some (like my wife) may see it as some type of indirect or Machiavellian approach to getting your way ("our human brain is flawed - let's try a better approach" does not go over very well). Still, I would rank this as Lewis' best, perhaps most meaningful, topic to date and that is the highest praise I can bestow.
  • The Undoing Project

    5
    By Bridge daughter
    Terrific. Spellbinding and, I have no experience in economics nor neuroscience. Where I was moved was in the exploration of genius friends. Thank you. Cassie Perlmutter Denver, CO

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